I am a first grade teacher and I am working on my M. Ed at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Sat, Oct 10, 2020 4:29 PM in Children Interest
There are also some great virtual field trips available. In April, my first grade class took a virtual field trip to Mars. We navigated the Mars Rover and they had a great time.
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Sat, Oct 10, 2020 4:26 PM in Math Apps for Early Learning! Check These out!
Thank you for these suggestions. This was needed this year as my school changed systems and we do not have any technology for math. I was looking for a resource to use in my classroom. I also like Prodigy.
Sat, Oct 10, 2020 4:22 PM in Science experiments for kindergarten class
This year I believe a germ activity is really important. There are multiple activites you could do. There is the bread activity. Students touch the bread before cleaning their hands. Even thouth their hands are clean the bread still shows signs of germs that they could not see. The next activity is the germ water activity. Place pepper at the top of water. If they stick a finger in the pepper sti...
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Sat, Oct 10, 2020 4:14 PM STEM Must Be Modernized
I agree that today's students no longer show an interest in STEM fields. Years ago it was not uncommon to hear someone say they wanted to be an Astronaut or a scientist. You did a wonderful job of showing how our students lack the drive to focus on careers that are STEM related. Though I agree that our lack of engaging STEM curriculum is part of the problem, I believe it is also not a validated career in our current society. Today's children spend much of their time on video games and watching television. Many of those shows are geared toward the current trend in careers. They go to fields that are familiar to them. Films like Avenger's are great examples of what television producers could be using to gain interest in STEM fields. They fail to focus on the science and technology that cause so much engagement for students. These shows are loved by many, but they are also an opportunity that we are not taking. Shows like Sesame Street are no longer watched as frequently as superhero shows are. How could we change the view of a scientist from a man in a lab coat? We could look at the person who developed the hoverboard. My son's favorite is the man who invented Minecraft. It is an interesting story, and they can relate to it. We have to do more to gain interest using the very things that interest students. When we make the STEM careers visual and show fields that the students enjoy, they will gravitate toward them and be more engaged.
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